Operating Instructions Test | Final Test - Hard

Anne Lamott
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Pammy seem when she returns home?

2. Anne feels as if everything she owns is _____________.

3. Where does Sam seem to enjoy babbling and making noises?

4. What is the nature of the disease?

5. What is Anne battling?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the role of Sam's father in Anne's life. What angers Anne about his abandonment of her and her unborn child? What dos Anne convince herself of in order to manage through this emotional wound? Why does Anne fight Sam's father's legal motions to deny paternity?

Essay Topic 2

Even though Anne was not married to Sam's father they did have a relatively strong relationship and it hurt her deeply when he left after the revelation of her pregnancy. Explain the act of abandonment. How does it impact those who are left behind as well as those who leave? Is an abandoned person always expecting to be abandoned again? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the origins of the title of the book: Operating Instructions. Does Anne want the reader to think that it is a book about caring for a newborn? Or does she want the reader to dig a little deeper for a more personal meaning? The phrase "waiting for operating instructions" occurs in at least two situations in the book. Define them and determine Anne's meaning for the book's title.

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